Nick Cave Detroit art project ‘Here Hear’ ranks No. 2 among U.S. exhibitions

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Above: Installation photo from the Nick Cave: Here Hear exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. Credit: P.D. Rearick.

Two Knight Foundation-funded projects in Detroit and Miami ranked among the top U.S. art exhibitions of 2015, according to Hyperallergic, a leading online arts magazine.

Artist Nick Cave’s “Hear Here” in Detroit ranked No. 2 on the top 10 list. Hyperallergic said the project engaged “Detroiters of all stripes in the creation of original dance pieces, photo and video shoots, and public celebrations that transcended traditional divisions between the city proper and its more affluent and whiter suburbs.” The project, funded by the Knight Arts Challenge, included seven months of activities and an exhibit at Cranbrook Art Museum. Cave, who graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989, wrapped up the project in October 2015.

 Nick Cave. Credit: Sam Deitch/

Hyperallergic gave an honorable mention to “Project Gallery: Garry Simmons,” a 30-foot-by-29-foot mural funded by Knight Foundation for the Peréz Art Museum Miami. According to Hyperallergic, “Simmons evoked the didacticism of chalkboards, the design flourishes of sideshow attractions, and the scale of greatness.” The mural was on view Nov. 14, 2014 through Nov. 1, 2015.

Michael D. Bolden is editorial director for Knight Foundation. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @michaelbolden.